Know your visa requirements before you go tearing off to a local Consulate or send your passport to an Embassy.
Be sure that you have
collected all of the information and documents you'll need to apply for
Your travel agent may give you good advice on visa requirements...
But it is ultimately your responsibility to obtain your visa.
And to do that you need to gather the proper information.
To find out what the procedure and requirements are for each country you want to visit, check with the Embassy of that country.
You can look up basic information on the internet.
All governments have pages to help their citizens with information they'll need for travel.
Look on your government website and the government sites from the countries you will be visiting to see what visa requirements are for you.
The U.S. State Department site, for instance, has information on what U.S. citizens need for visas. And it has most of the information you need...
When we went to China, it didn't mention a requirement about the passport needing to have 3 months validity after a visit ends.
The Chinese Embassy site was where we found that information. (And if fact, most countries require that now... or even 6 months of validity.)
Just check both sources.
If you are going to need visas, don't wait until the last minute to see what you need to apply for a one.
You may have to gather several documents together.
You may need information from your bank or your travel agent.
You may need
visas for more than one country.
You may also be asked other questions about your health and character and why you are visiting the country.
If you will be traveling on business, you may need a different type of visa than a casual tourist will.
This may not be a complete list of visa requirements, but these are some of the questions we've come across in our travels.
If you plan ahead and gather together everything you will need to apply for a visa.... getting one will go smoothly... and so will your trip.